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Resilience fire crews face ‘busy periods’ during weekend walkout over pensions

Hemel Hempstead fire fighters take part in a national strike in a row over pensions (2013)

Hemel Hempstead fire fighters take part in a national strike in a row over pensions (2013)

The first of three fire strikes over the bank holiday weekend passed without major incident in the county, but Saturday and Sunday’s walkouts saw 17 incidents attended by resilience firefighters.

Just eight full time and five retained fire crews worked throughout the county during the industrial action, taken by the Fire Brigades Union as part of a continuing dispute over pensions.

Chief fire officer Roy Wilsher said: “There were busy periods during the weekend’s strike action, particularly on Saturday, and I’m pleased with how well the contingency crews worked.

“I’d like to thank the crews who did work for their dedication and commitment to keeping residents safe. We continue to hope the government and FBU can resolve their dispute and further walkouts can be avoided.”

Incidents attended between Saturday afternoon and the early hours of Sunday included a serious house fire, a road traffic collision where a person was trapped, a fire in a garage, three children locked in a car, a petrol spill at a filling station, a medical emergency and a road traffic collision with a small fire.

On Sunday, crews covering the strike action attended a small fire in a restaurant, a deliberate fire in woodland, a toddler locked in a car and an automatic fire alarm in older persons sheltered housing.

 

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